A night of enforcement, action and reassurance for members of the public was carried out on Saturday night in Selby town centre, in a joint police and District Council operation.
Police officers worked with District Council enforcement and licensing officers in a series of co-ordinated visits to town centre pubs on Saturday 10 November. The action evening was organised by the Safer Selby Community Safety Partnership and included a drug sniffer dog and handler who visited six pubs in the centre of town. North Yorkshire Police deployed their mobile police office as part of their community engagement plan.
Cllr Chris Metcalfe, the District Council’s lead for communities and economic development, commented, “It is a pro-active opportunity to reassure local businesses that we’re reacting to the issues that they’ve raised with us by organising this high visibility event to reassure members of the public and to talk directly to them.
“The purpose of this night of action has been for members of the public to see that we work closely with the police, and partners such as trading standards, to deal with antisocial behaviour and ensure that businesses are operating correctly.”
Chief Inspector Rachel Wood, Deputy Commander of York and Selby, said: “North Yorkshire Police is committed to working alongside Selby District Council and the Safer Selby Community Safety Partnership to tackle issues within the night time economy.
“Together, we are sending out a strong and clear message that we will not tolerate drugs being brought into our licensed premises, and we will take every action we can to disrupt and deter such offences.
“We want people to come into the town to enjoy themselves but we want them to be safe. We will therefore continue to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and ensure that licensed premises are operating as they should be.”
In addition enforcement and trading standards checks were carried out in local stores and off licenses which included checking that the requirement to display a premises license, if the premise has gaming machines that an age verification is in place and giving out various campaign posters for them to display.
Enforcement officers also worked with local taxi drivers, speaking to drivers and visually inspecting vehicles in use.